The Anderson Cabin
A Glimpse Into The Past
visitors will get a unique opportunity to step into an authentic "home
on the range". Our Anderson Family Cabin display includes a
reconstructed 19th century log cabin, background on the family that
built it, and insight into the preservation project that moved it into
The cabin was built northeast of Erie in 1867 by the Lewis Anderson Family.
It was constructed by Lewis Anderson and was home to Mr. Anderson, his
wife and son. When the family relocated to a larger home, the
structure was abandoned for a few years until a barn was built around
it. The cabin served as a storage room until the barn was razed. In
1998 the cabin was donated to the museum by Dean Aikins and Lewis
Corbett. John Altman and Joe Woodman, working with museum staff,
carefully marked the timbers and parts, disassembled the cabin and
reassembled it in the museum. The display includes history of the
cabin, newspaper accounts of its move and Anderson family photos.
people, in particular, are amazed that this 250 square foot structure
served as living room, kitchen, dining room, bedroom, family room and
closets for a family of three. It provides a new perspective on the
simplicity and hardships of frontier life.
Antique Tools and Artifacts
cabin is furnished with antique furniture. The exterior of the
structure is used to display dozens of vintage tools, jars, traps and
other items representing the frontier through the early 1900s period.